Insecure’s Season Two Finale Is One Hella Creative TV Moment

In a recent interview with Mic, Ernest Dickerson, the cinematographer for Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (1986), and Insecure’s director of photography, Ava Berkofsky, broke down how they worked to feature black faces on screen. “The main thing you had to worry about is the reflectivity … Continue reading Insecure’s Season Two Finale Is One Hella Creative TV Moment

Alton Brown Officially Confirms the Return of ‘Good Eats’

After a summer of teasing foodies and fans, Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef Gauntlet host Alton Brown has officially announced the return of the critically acclaimed series Good Eats. “We’re bringing it back, we’re restarting it, we’re getting the band back together!” Brown shouted to a crowd of screaming … Continue reading Alton Brown Officially Confirms the Return of ‘Good Eats’

Insecure’s “Hella Blows” Examines the Problem with Having Hella Expectations

I recently learned (in a grief counseling session, no less) about this boring concept in market research called expectation confirmation theory. It proposes that the interplay between a consumer’s assumptions about a potential purchase (their expectations) and their perception of … Continue reading Insecure’s “Hella Blows” Examines the Problem with Having Hella Expectations

How can TV and movies get representation right? We asked 6 Hollywood diversity consultants.

In 2012, Kerry Washington, star of the Shonda Rhimes-created ABC political drama Scandal,became the first black woman to lead a network drama in nearly four decades. Two seasons later, the series became the first on a major broadcast network that “was created by … Continue reading How can TV and movies get representation right? We asked 6 Hollywood diversity consultants.

How Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender became an essential animated series

Since Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender debuted in 2016, critics have praised the streaming network’s reboot of the iconic 1984 Saturday morning cartoon Voltron: Defender of the Universe (which itself was an adaptation of a Japanese anime series). Consensus throughout the reboot’s first two seasons was that … Continue reading How Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender became an essential animated series

Solar eclipses have been a science fiction theme for thousands of years

Storytellers have long fixated on the awe-inspiring phenomenon that is a total solar eclipse. From ancient myths about dragons eating the sun to hundreds of more contemporary depictions — in Stephen King’s 1992 novel Dolores Claiborne, the 2006 film Apocalypto, or any number of … Continue reading Solar eclipses have been a science fiction theme for thousands of years

People are filing trademark applications to “own” the swastika and the n-word

Nine applications to register derogatory words and symbols have been filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office following a US Supreme Court ruling in June that barring such trademarks was unconstitutional. The n-word and swastikas are among the culturally … Continue reading People are filing trademark applications to “own” the swastika and the n-word

A new CDC report could reignite the debate over Hollywood’s influence on teen tobacco use

A new study about a rise in onscreen smoking is helping firm up the link between the media’s influences and our real-life behavior. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 2010 and 2016, the number of instances tobacco was used in any calendar week’s top 10-grossing movies had grown by a whopping 80 percent. From 2010 to 2016, the big screen increased overall tobacco impressions — otherwise known as the individual occurrences of tobacco use — by 72 percent, or 1,321 films. Among R-rated films, the trend grew 90 percent over that six-year period while films … Continue reading A new CDC report could reignite the debate over Hollywood’s influence on teen tobacco use